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Bella Blvd: Reveal Week Day #1

It's Day #1 of the BELLA BLVD Reveal Week:
BELLA BOWS and ENAMEL DOTS & DOODADS Introducing Bella Bows, a simply soft way to embellish your cards, layouts and crafts.   Created from felt, these darling bows are a great way to add some dimension & style  to all projects. In our signature Bella Blvd colors, Bella Bows are available in 12 single color packages, including an adhesive dot on each bow for easy application.
Okay, these are seriously the coolest things!  I had the pleasure of creating a card for the CHA Booth that focuses on the Bella Bows and here is a peek:

A look at ALL of those yummy colors:

Embellishing just got a whole lot more fun with the newest addition to the  Bella Blvd catalog: Enamel Dots and DooDads! A colorful assortment of self-sticking  enamel accents in 9 different colors, matching perfectly to our paper collections.  Each pack of Bella Blvd Enamel Dots comes with 38 assorted pieces, including 4 sizes.  And why only have round enamels, when you can…

Winter Smiles & Saying Farewell

Wow, it has been a crazy, busy month, hasn't it!?! I set aside the day yesterday to take down my Christmas tree  and decorations.  Of course, in the process you must dust, vacuum and fluff all of the old stuff that's coming back out onto the shelves again... I always, always dread packing it all away so I'm glad it's over!  Now my house looks so clean...and sparse LOL
This will probably be my last post for 2014, so I wanted to send a  farewell to a few of the teams that I was so privileged to be a part of  for the past year or two: DOODLEBUG DESIGN NEWTON'S NOOK DESIGN PINK PAISLEE TOP DOG DESIGNS I have decided that it was time to cut back on my commitments going into 2015, but I do have a couple of surprise announcements to share once they're made public...I can't wait to share them with you!
Here is one of my final projects made with Top Dog Dies With the chilly winter months still ahead of us, warm someone's day with this cozy  card using the Darling Deer Die Set...i…

Cozy & Shabby Gifting Tags

Happy Holiday Greetings!   I have a quartet of Cozy Christmas shabby chic-style gifting tags to share with you today.   I've pulled together chipboard stickers, cardstock stickers, brads, enamel dots,  bits 'n pieces, insta squares and SN@P! cards from the collection by SIMPLE STORIES  along with a few other basic office supplies from my stash.
To begin I started with basic manila shipping tags, as well as a couple of metal rim key tags (these can be found at office supply stores).  I soaked the key tags in a tea solution overnight to give them an aged look.
Next, I prepared the tags by inking around the edges with a brown distress ink. 
I started each tag with a mat of paper that was cut from a larger SN@P! card or placed two of the smaller Insta Squares together to form a background. 
Add dimension by layering small stickers and die-cuts with foam adhesive.  When adding the brads, I made sure that I attached them to a piece so that the prongs wouldn't show at the back of the tag.

Photo Trio Wooden Plaque

Today I have a Christmas home decor project up at
using one of the wood surfaces from Sierra Pacific Crafts
and the "Believe" Collection from Authentique.
From the Authentique Blog:

First, the three lower squares of wood were removed from the rings and then the 
surfaces were painted with a black acrylic paint and a sponge brush.
 Square dies came in handy when it came to creating the mats and cutting the
 photos for the blocks.
Trim by Petaloo was added to the edges of the sentiment card, as well as a single 
band of black and white baker's twine, which tied in nicely with the painted wood. 
 Matching ornaments were trimmed out from a separate piece of the "Adorn" 
Paper and attached with foam adhesive.
In keeping with the shape of the wood pieces, the papers and photos were corner 
rounded on the edges.The 6X6 paper pad of papers are ideal when creating small mats.
For the hanger, a length of gingham ribbon was tied through the ha…

Fun With Scrapbook & Cards Today!

Hello, Hello! I'm excited to share that I have a few projects that can be found in the Winter Issue of  SCRAPBOOK & CARDS TODAY as well as their Winter "Crop & Create Delivered" Kit and the 2015 Planner!
I hope that you had a chance to grab one of these kits because they're now  Sold Out!  Here is a peak at my favorite card that I made with the kit:
Isn't it a cutie pie?
Great news though, the 2015 Planner and Winter Issue can be ordered/viewed at

 If you live in the Texarkana, USA area, you can pick up your FREE  copy of the magazine :) 
Hope you have a fun week!

Newton's Nook December Blog Hop

Welcome to Newton's Nook Designs' "Deck The Halls With Inky Paws" Blog Hop Day #5! If you've missed the previous days' projects, visit the blog:
For my project I've used the Simply Sentimental and Winter Tails stamp sets to create my card:
I stamped sweet Newton onto plain cardstock and then watercolored.
I trimmed around Newton and then used a small oval die to cut out a nice clean shape around the snow.  
Along with some aqua cardstock, I used patterned paper and a scalloped sticker from Bella Blvd.  The two sentiments look just perfect together I think!
ENTER to WIN! We will be choosingtwo lucky winners to win a $10 store credit for Newton's Nook Designs online shop!  To enter, just leave comments on the Design Team Member and Guest blogs  (see list below)! Two winners will be chosen at random from the   collective blogs in the blog hop. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and  comment for your chance to win. You will not know which…

Newton Waits For Santa

I was up this past Tuesday with a special Christmas card for  NEWTON'S NOOK DESIGNS
 I created a 3-D window for Newton to peek through by stamping on a  piece of recycled plastic packaging with Staz-On ink.
Next, I stamped the same image onto the blue snowflake paper and then the  yellow paper for the moon.  I cut strips of paper for the window panes and adhered them to the paper before adding the 'window' over it with foam adhesive  (placed around the perimeter of the plastic in a thin strip).
Finally, Newton was stamped onto brown cardsock, cut out and added to the  top of the plastic with Zip Dry Glue!  You could get really creative and add some things inside of the window such as sequins, beads, etc. but I chose to add dots of glitter to the background paper...looks really cool!
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Hope you had a terrific Thanksgiving!

Stained Glass Pumpkin

Happy Saturday, everyone! It has been a whirlwind around the McDaniel household, so I'm trying my best to get caught up on all of the projects that I've had up over the past couple of weeks :)
Today I'm sharing a fun little tutorial that I shared at  BASIC GREY BLOG
It's easy to change the look of the Vivenne Collection speech bubble with an embossing folder and alcohol marker...come by  the BG Blogand see how I put it all together!

Paper Play: Bella Rouge Door Hanger

Yesterday I was up on the  PINK PAISLEE BLOG  with a little "Paper Play" fun incorporating various dies  along with the new Bella Rouge Collection.
 If you have a princess in your life, then this collection of papers and embellishments  will be perfect for creating room decor or a sweet sign/door hanger such as this: I started with a 4X6 scallop die, although you could use a rectangle shape  of the same size. The dies that I've used are from Top Dog Dies with the exception  of the oval shape. You may also find a pre-cut chipboard shape and just trace  the design onto the patterned paper.
I attached the top and bottom scalloped pieces by gluing a die-cut heart over the two.  I used an oval shaped die to cut out the sentiment from the 4X4 journaling card.
To make the butterflies: Fold a piece of paper in half; lay a heart die  (or use a heart punch) along the crease of the paper as shown above.  Be sure overhang the point of the heart off of the paper so that the entire  shape doesn&…

Nature Board Book

Happy Thursday!  I was up this week at
DOODLEBUG DESIGNS with this "Thankful For Nature" Board Book that I created with
"Happy Camper" and "Friendly Forrest" Collections.
Both of the collections are filled with the cutest critters, so I wanted to showcase
 them in the form of a board book!  I started with a couple of 4.5"X5.5" dies by
Top Dog Dies and sheets of heavyweight chipboard.  
I used some assorted alphabet stickers for the cover.

I cut the base pages from 12X12 papers and the oval inset was cut from 6X6 papers...
I love the mix of larger prints with the smaller ones!  

I'ved added some of the new glittered enamel dots, but if you're making the  book for a smaller child, you may want to try hand-tied buttons or brads instead.

The new "Chippers" chipboard alphas are perfect for spelling out smaller words!

Doodle Pops and stickers layered on with foam adhesive add interest,  as well as dimension!
Again, if you're making a similar bo…